Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.
By having discussions that are informed by the doctor, but take into account what’s important to the patient too, both sides can be supported to make better decisions about care. Often, this will help to avoid tests, treatments or procedures that are unlikely to be of benefit.
Across the UK, there is a growing culture of overuse of medical intervention, with variation in the use of certain treatments across the country. For example, the prescribing of antibiotics can vary by as much as two and a half times between one part of the country and another.
For more information please visit Choosing Wisely